Standardisation at Selection Centre
ASSESSORS OF the Army, Navy and Air Force from the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) and Selection Centres at Bangalore, Allahabad, Varanasi and Dehradun have gathered to attend the Annual Standardisation Exercise which is being held at Selection Centre Central, Bhopal. These assessors will assess two batches of candidates.
The aim is to standardise the assessment of all assessors. During the standardisation one reference assessor conducts the test while all other assessors carry out the assessment. The assessment of assessors of each technique is discussed threadbare and fine-tuning is carried out so that all assessors are on the same grid.
Thereafter, set of all three assessors of same board assemble and discuss their assessment to fix the level of the candidate. The final calibration is carried out amongst the boards to standardise the assessment. It is because of these regular Standardisation Exercises, that whichever set of assessors assess the candidates; generally the results are the same.
Signals’ raising day celebrated
The Corps of Signals’ personnel at Southern Command celebrated their 96th Raising Day of the Corps of Signals on February 15. For the Corps of Signals it has been a long and fascinating journey from the days of pigeons, lamps, flags, hello and semaphore to state-of-the-art electronic exchanges, satellite communications and modern information convergence technology. With several achievements to their credit, the signalers continue to strive hard for synergy between information warfare and changing information technology.
The Signals provide communications, signal intelligence and electronic warfare support to the Army and also operational connectivity to the Navy and Air Force. The Corps of Signals also provides communication support to the Rashtriya Rifles, Assam Rifles, Border Roads Organisation, National Security Guards and the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) headquarters at Andaman.
They are also playing a significant role of providing cyber security to the Indian Army. In fact, the Corps of Signals has set-up an Army Cyber Security establishment at Army Headquarters. Cyber cells are being formed at all headquarters to carry out security audits of Army Networks.
The Corps of Signals has established robust and secure broadband networks for provision of voice, data and value-added services at strategic, operational and tactical levels using high quality media. The Army Wide Area Network (AWAN) provides secured messaging and value-added services to the army.
A social get-together, which was attended by serving as well as retired officers of the station, was organised at the Sudarshan Chakra Officers Mess to mark the occasion. Bara Khana and Pagal Gymkhana were also organised on Sunday for Officers, JCOs and other ranks along with their families at both AREN and GRID Signal Regiment of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps.
Did you know?
Captain Ishar Singh was the first Sikh soldier to win a Victoria Cross, the highest award for valor in the British Empire. Instituted in 1856 and given until March 1943, the Victoria Cross was made from guns captured by the British at Sebastopol during the Crimean War. The right to receive the VC was extended to Indian soldiers only in 1911.
On April 10, 1921, near Haidari Kach, North West Frontier, India; Sepoy Ishar Singh was No 1 of a Lewis gun section. Early in the fighting he was severely wounded, all the officers and havildars of his company became casualties and his Lewis gun was seized.
He recovered the gun and went into action again although his wound was bleeding profusely. When ordered to have it dressed, he went instead to help the medical officer, carrying water to the wounded, taking a rifle and helping to keep down enemy fire and acting as a shield while the medical officer was dressing a wound. It was nearly three hours before he submitted to being evacuated. Later he achieved rank of Captain.
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